Girl Scout Cookies Gluten-Free Pilot FAQ
About the Cookies
Girl Scouts of Central & Southern NJ is partnering with ABC Bakers to enable Girl Scout troops to sell gluten free Trios in test markets. The 2015 gluten free cookie, called Trios, is a peanut butter chocolate chip oatmeal cookie made with gluten free oats, real semi-sweet chocolate chips, butter, and peanut butter and features no artificial colors, palm oil, hydrogenated oil or high fructose corn syrup. Trios are baked in a dedicated gluten free facility and certified gluten free by NSF International.
- Download our Gluten-Free Cookie Pilot Announcement
Do the Gluten Free Trios Girl Scout Cookies meet the FDA’s 20 parts per million limit?
Yes. Our Trios are certified by the Gluten Free Certification Organization (http://www.gfco.org/) Products carrying the GF logo represents unmatched reliability for meeting strict gluten-free standards. GFCO is a voluntary 3rd party gluten-free certification organization whose standard is 10.
Retail Price and Troop Proceeds
Trios come in 5oz resealable standing pouches that retail for $5.00. All Girl Scouts participating in the Gluten Free pilot agree to sell Trios at $5.00/package. Troop proceeds will be $0.90/package regardless of which proceeds option the troop selects.
Why do we need to order the Trios in September? Why can’t we get re-orders?
A small family-run bakery will supply the Trios, and they need to receive the orders early so they know how many to bake. We are proud to support this family-run business. The nature of cookie re-orders require quick-turnaround time, and this is not possible at this time.
Who may place an order for gluten-free cookies?
Troop Leaders should place one order for the entire troop.
How do I place a gluten-free cookie order?
Visit our council website www.gscsnj.org and click on Gluten Free Girl Scout Cookies to access the form or read more about the cookies.
When is the last date to place gluten-free cookies orders?
The last date to place orders is September 21, 2014 at 11:59PM.
Why are you only accepting online orders?
Our goal is order accuracy! We want to make sure we receive all the information we need from each troop in order to place an order for the entire council.
When will I pick-up the Trios?
You will pick-up your Trios along with your troop’s initial order.
How do I place an order for multiple troops?
The online order form only allows for one order per person. To place an order for another troop, please submit a new online form entry.
How will I know if my order went through?
You will reach a confirmation screen that reads: “Thank you for your order. Your troop's Trios order will be delivered with you initial order in January 2015.Please visit our website for more information on the Gluten Free Pilot http://www.gscsnj.org/cookies/cookiehome.html”
How do I enter my cookies in SNAP? How will girl rewards be calculated?
Because Trios are still in a testing phase and are offered at a different retail cost than the other Girl Scout cookie varieties, they will not appear in our vendor software, ABC Snap. Girl Scout volunteers will need to manually track Trios for their girls.
In addition, Trios will not be calculated towards girl rewards; in lieu of this, GSCSNJ is offering the highest proceeds per box for the sale of each package of Trios, $0.90/package.
How do we pay council for the Trios?
You will need to write a troop check and deposit the check into the council TD bank account. Be sure to write your troop number and Gluten Free on the deposit slip so that the money is properly credited to your troop. Troop checks should be for the full amount owed to council for the Gluten Free cookies.The due date for Gluten Free cookie deposits is Saturday, February 14, 2015.
Are troops required participate in the Gluten Free Pilot?
No. Participation is voluntary for all troops.
How much do you recommend we order?
Deciding how many to order can be a tough decision, we’d like to offer the following guidelines:
- Be conservative with your order, this is the first year of the Trios so we do not have sales data yet. For example, your order for Trios should not be higher than the number of Cranberry Citrus Crisps your troop sold.
- Keep in mind that your troop will be held responsible for the cookies, and the Leader will be financially responsible for paying the full balance to council. Don’t order more cookies than you believe your troop can realistically sell.
Why do the Gluten Free Trios in my area cost more than the other Girl Scout Cookies?
As in the retail market, gluten free cookies are priced higher than other cookies because they cost more to produce. Bakers must maintain a gluten free facility, and ingredients typically cost more.